Fun and Games in Greece

Just uploaded a video to Utube…………
Dickie Dare selflesly (with total disregard for his own safety, and that of his navigator) demonstates his Benly’s downforce in a moment of boredom on the Peking to Paris Motor challenge.

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Contact restored

Due to lack of internet, in the rather remote areas of Mongolia (no wi-fi in my tent) the blog has got a bit behind, I have however been writing a Journal, and rather than trying to type it all out, I am going to take pictures of the pages and post them here, I must warn you there is no “spell check” fitted to my pen, and punctuation, well what’s all that about? I I have just spent an hour trying to upload the pictures of the pages and have failed five times, I assume it is because the connection is so slow, so I will try again tomorrow from Tashkent.
I have been having such  battle with this blog, I can’t seem to upload any pictures to it, so I’m going to put them in a collection on Flickr called Journal.
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Due to lack of internet, in the rather remote areas of Mongolia (no wi-fi in my tent) the blog has got a bit behind, I have however been writing a Journal, and rather than trying to type it all out, I am going to take pictures of the pages and post them here, I must warn you there is no “spell check” fitted to my pen, and punctuation, well what’s all that about? I I have just spent an hour trying to upload the pictures of the pages and have failed five times, I assume it is because the connection is so slow, so I will try again tomorrow from Tashkent.

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What’s been gannin on in the Gobi?

We have made it through the Gobi desert with little more than a puncture, the scenery was spectacular though the attrition rate was fairly high, quite a few cars came out on the back of lorries, The game was choose a track and follow a bearing and the car went very well, she loves the loose surfaces and soaks up most of the bumps, thankfully nothing dropped off so maintenance was the order of today.

John set off this morning to get a puncture fixed and ended up being escorted round Ulaan Bataar to find all sorts of  kit, the chap took him all over the place including to his mother’s, and wouldn’t take a penny, I think he was just enjoying the ride.

As for me I put some more pictures on Flickr, though I have got the order wrong, I’ve missed out a set which I will rectify soon. I also managed to break my glasses, my shades are in one piece so let’s have sun all the way home. But the best thing is that the sheepskin jacket I bought 18 months ago is now usable, I bought it off Ebay and when it turned up it  smelled like the inside of a tart’s handbag for three days and on the fourth day it started smelling like it had been washed in fag ash. So I gave it to Tappit (black Lab) who slept on it for a year, but managed to put a small hole in it. The small hole got larger in the back of the Bentley, and today I found a lady opposite the hotel who sewed it up in 40 minutes for five quid, and what a lovely job she has done. She asked me to bring her any other work I could, so the best I can do is recommend her to you all: she’s in a downstairs shop opposite the Genghis Khan  Hotel in Ulaan Bataar, she’s very nice and tell her the long haired blond guy sent you.

We will be camping for the next five days, so there will be no updates until then by which time there should be some words and a heap of photos.

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Day 2 Peking to Paris

Today has been very good, we have driven to Erinhot, it has been a day of contrast and change, we started off in fairly subsistence farming land, and traveled through countryside that got ever flatter, as it did so we came upon massive  new towns that our fellow travelers who were here for the last rally three years ago say were just a few houses. Also there are big industrial areas in the middle of nowhere, new fuel stations (many not yet open) by the truck load, The farming got bigger, and then we emerged in the grass planes South of the Gobi desert where we stopped at “Yurtlins by the Gobi” where people flock to take a holiday…………………..  surreal.

All that will be explained in the next lot of photos, in the mean time I have just posted the last lot.

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Day one

Yesterday was all about scrutineering and preparation so nothing much to report, today however was the big send off.

We set off from the Great wall of China, which is a feat of engineering that has to be seen to be believed, and we drove North West to Daihai. It has been a long day and John has put in some hard hours behind the wheel, tomorrow will be longer. I have just put the last couple of days pictures onto the computer, but because they tell a story, I’ll have to do some work on them before I post them to flickr………… I’m working on it.

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Beijing

Well here we are at the very smart Shangri-la Hotel and as John says: “We’ve gone as far East as we are going, now let’s go West.”

Last night was funny, we went out to supper following a couple of “old hands” who did the last trip, they promised us local cuisine, so we followed and after a lot “I know it’s here somewhere” we arrived, only to find it was a massage parlor. So we beat a hasty retreat to Pizza Hut.

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The adventure begins.

We are now on our way to Dubai, if we have forgotten anything it’s too late, I was making last-minute bits until ten this morning, nothing crucial, but just little bits to help us along, and keep my mind off the enormity of the trip. Yesterday I made a volt meter, it is an LCD display with a switch and a battery all mounted on a piece of polished aluminium. feeling rather proud of my workmanship I took the finished article into the house to show Dee, she took one look at it and declared that it looked like a bomb! So I took it apart and John and I each put half in our bags.
The food on this Emirates flight is the best I’ve had on an aeroplane and I am very impressed with the quiet efficiency of the crew. We have a cunning plan to avoid the dreaded jet lag, we should  get to Dubai at about 11.30pm and then have to wait until 4am for the next leg, which will arrive in Peking in the  late afternoon, so the idea is to stay awake until we get on the second leg and then fall asleep, go to the hotel have supper, then fall asleep again.
Thanks to everyone that sent messages phoned and called before we left.
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1907 Peking to Paris and other old photos

I must remember to pack wellies.

I came across this blog this morning, this article shows remastered photos of the time including one of a P to P contender in 1907, the other pictures are fascinating. http://yeinjee.com/2010/old-china-photos-1/#more-36433

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The story so far, in pictures.

Click here to go to flickr

I find flickr to be a quick and easy way to upload and share pictures, so rather than try to put them all on the this blog, we will post some to the blog, but the majority to flickr where we can quickly and more easily organise them and add captions.

The four pictures on the right hand side of this page are always the ones that we have most recently uploaded to flickr, and you can get to my page on flickr by following this link Flickr or clicking on the link under the fourth photo. I have just posted some pictures that tell the story so far, you will find them in a set or collection. We intend to add pictures as we go. I will probably create new sets as we go, we’ll see.

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